As much as we love kayaking, spring is in the air in Sarasota. And guess what that means? Spring Training is back in town! Now’s a great time to get up close and personal with your favorite players and catch a training practice or even a game while some of your favorite teams are here!

Spring Training

Here’s where you can catch all the action around the greater Sarasota area:

The Baltimore Orioles train right here in Sarasota. Their first home game is on Saturday, February 23rd and they host the Minnesota Twins. They play at Ed Smith Stadium. Here’s a complete list of their 2019 Spring Training Schedule.

The Pittsburgh Pirates play right next door in Bradenton, and Garth Brooks is even in town this week, as an added bonus! Their 2019 Spring Training schedule begins with their home opener at Lecom Park against the Miami Marlins on Sunday, February 24th. Here is their complete Spring Training Schedule.

The Tampa Bay Rays play in Port Charlotte which is a bit south of Sarasota. Their games are played at the Charlotte Sports Park. Their home opener is on Friday, February 22nd against the Philadelphia Phillies and is the kick off game for Spring Training! See their complete schedule here!

If you’re open to a bit of a drive, catch the New York Yankees in action in Tampa at Steinbrenner Field.  Their home opener is Monday, February 25th against the Toronto Blue Jays.  Their Spring Training Schedule is here.

And if you’re really up for a drive, catch the current World Series Champions Red Sox at their Spring Training Facility located in Fort Myers at JetBlue Park at Fenway South. They open their Spring Training Schedule hosting the New York Yankees on Saturday, February 22nd!  Their complete Spring Training Schedule is here.

It’s time to play ball!

There’s no better feeling than teaching someone something new. Kayaking itself is something special, but giving someone the encouragement, whether older or younger, to kayak for the first time is so exciting! You’re never too old to try something new, don’t forget that.

Try Something New Like Kayaking

Kayaking is a special sport or activity. Maybe it’s the peacefulness of it all. Is it looking out at the beautiful blue water? Is it the smell of the crisp clean ocean air? Or maybe it’s the excitement of what’s to come. It’s an adventure, and for many it’s a new adventure! There’s anticipation of where you’ll go, what you’ll see. Being out on the water brings a whole new perspective, peace, wonder, bewilderment.

There’s so much to learn about on our kayak tours. Sarasota is home to so many different types of wildlife.  We see many bottle nosed dolphins while we’re out. They love to call our area home. We also see manatees. This area is perfect for them due to the shallow grassy waters. There’s plenty for them to feed on. We see sea stars and jellies. There are many different types of fish and we also see turtles. There are so many birds between eagles and hawks, egrets and pelicans, herons and osprey, you have to keep your eyes open, there’s always something to see!

When we dip into the exotic mangrove tunnel, it’s a whole other adventure. It’s quiet but for the sounds of the crabs on the mangroves, and our paddles hitting the water of course. It’s shady and cool in there too.

The Sarasota Kayak Tour is perfect for all ages and no experience is required. We love what we do and it shows in our fantastic tours by our expert guides. Your kayak tour will get you up close and personal with dolphins, manatees, exotic birds, and other wildlife. Bring your camera and your friends! Don’t wait, book your tour today!

One of Sarasota’s best kept secrets is Ted Sperling Park on Lido Key. It’s located on the southern tip of Lido Key, and the park provides many unique opportunities for nature lovers to explore both on land and by kayak. And if you’re looking to see dolphins and manatees, look no further, you’ve found your perfect spot!

Sarasota’s Best Kept Secrets

Sometimes, some of the best places to see manatees aren’t very publicized. That’s the case with Lido Key. Locals and tourists alike have discovered that this area is well liked by manatees due to its shallow grassy waters. If you’re out on a kayak tour, you can usually spot them. And these manatees definitely have no qualms about swimming right up to your kayak, they’re so used to seeing them at this quiet location.

Adventure Kayak Outfitters launch location on Lido Key is perfect for kayakers looking for adventure. Not only does it have the exotic mangrove tunnels offering a few different paths to explore. But it also has many picturesque views and of course many different types of native wildlife, both aquatic and airborne.

Sarasota’s Best Kept Secrets

Ted Sperling Park isn’t only home to manatees, but also native dolphins. They are often seen frolicking about, and they too aren’t shy. Many times they seem to be putting on a show for us or will follow our kayaks around for a bit. They’re so much fun to watch playing around in the water!

When you take a kayak tour with our experienced native guides, they can help to point out both dolphins and manatees, and take you to the spots you’re most likely to see them. While we can’t control nature, we usually do see them on our tours. It’s best to keep your eyes peeled and not miss anything. Our tours will definitely provide a memory to last a lifetime!

When you take a kayak tour with Adventure Kayak Outfitters along Sarasota’s Lido Key, you’re taking a little kayak in paradise. Sarasota is world famous for its Siesta Key Beach, but along the Gulf of Mexico is this hidden treasure called Lido Key, a beautiful little estuary in Sarasota Bay, which is home to many different types of wildlife, and we are proud to show it all off on our kayak tours.

kayak in paradise

Sarasota Bay is located between the keys (or barrier islands) which separate the Gulf of Mexico from the mainland of Florida, making it so popular for guided kayak tours. This is mainly due to the marine life that lives here and the many mangrove islands which protect it. In the local ecosystem you can find dolphins breaching, and manatees; that not only enjoy the shallow water and canal systems, but enjoy eating the sea grass the shallow water provides.

In addition to the manatees and dolphins, there are plenty of native birds such as pelicans, herons, egrets, osprey, roseate spoonbills, hawks and bald eagles. You can often see snook, sheepshead, pufferfish, sea stars and many other fish which these birds feed upon too.

Once you head into the protective and exotic mangrove tunnels, a whole other world awaits. It’s quiet and filled with nature at the same time. The shallow waters are filled with crabs, as well as crabs crawling upon the mangrove branches; there are fish and snails in the water too. It’s a learning experience for sure. Our experienced native Floridian guides will fill you in on all there is to see and learn about. By the time you’re done, you will become well acquainted with the creatures that call this ecosystem home!

The original Adventure Kayak Outfitters launch location on Lido Key in Sarasota is just minutes from Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice. Book your tour today, and don’t forget your camera!

Kayaking is an excellent way to explore Sarasota and Lido Key. There’s so much more to Sarasota than Siesta Key and beautiful beaches! Let’s explore what to expect on your kayak adventure.

Kayak Adventure

A kayak tour is the perfect way to make your Sarasota vacation more memorable. What better way to connect with family and loved ones than with a kayak trip on the water exploring the beautiful estuary of Lido Key? Our experienced guides get you up close and personal with dolphins, manatees, local exotic birds as well as other native wildlife. These are memories that will be cherished for a lifetime!

Kayaking can be just as exciting as it is relaxing. Of course it’s exciting when you come across a manatee or a dolphin. Our experienced guides will teach you all you need to know about safety and paddling. You’ll also be equipped with safe kayaks as well as clean and comfortable life vests.

Yes, just about anyone can kayak, but there are different types of strokes that make kayaking easier, especially when we go explore the exotic mangrove tunnels in Lido Key. There is the forward stroke which is most commonly used. On occasion you will need to use a kayak reverse stroke, especially if you want to go back and get a better look at something or to slow down. There is a sweep stroke, should you want to spin around.  There is also something called the kayak draw stroke, this is mostly used when you want to go sideways, or pull up alongside something like a mangrove tunnel to let someone pass, or perhaps slide next to a buddy to snap a photo!

If you want to try something new and exciting, and see a side of Sarasota you can’t typically see, schedule a tour with Adventure Kayak Outfitters, the original kayak outfitter, you won’t be disappointed!

There’s no shortage of end of summer events in Sarasota. Even when summer is winding down, there are always plenty of fun things to do in and around Sarasota. Whether you are spending the day at the beach or out on a kayak, Sarasota is the place where summer never really ends!

 

End Of Summer Events

 

If you missed out on your chance to help the beaches with the most recent beach clean-up, there’s another volunteer based clean up event located at the Celery fields, and another at Oscar Scherer State Park. Both take place on Saturday September 22nd.

For those not familiar with the Celery Fields, it’s a place loved by locals for running due to its hill. The clean-up will focus on the mound (hill) by removing nuisance plants and weeds. Volunteers are encouraged to bring pruners, gloves, hats sunscreen, water and bug spray. For more information, check out the event here.

September 22nd is also a great day to take advantage of $7.00 admission to Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium.  Mote Marine is an independent, nonprofit marine research institution, with world-class marine scientists who are committed to the belief that conservation and sustainable use of our oceans is done through research and education.  Florida residents can enjoy discounted admission the whole month of September. Their research not only focuses on understanding the population dynamics of dolphins, manatees, sea turtles and sharks. But also on the conservation and restoration efforts which relate to these species and ecosystems.  Mote Aquarium is located at 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34236.

Also on September 22nd is free admission to the Ringling during the Smithsonian’s annual Museum Day!  For more information and to print your tickets follow this link.

Now’s your chance to check out the amazing Sarasota Ski-A-Rees! They’re back in action for their fall season beginning on September 30th! They have free shows which take place every Sunday at 2pm, you don’t want to miss it, and they’re spectacular!

There’s always something to do here in Sarasota. Why not try something other than laying on one of our beautiful beaches? Get out and explore our beautiful area in a way that you can’t by any means other than kayaking. Check out these 8 reasons everyone should go kayaking.

Everyone Should Go Kayaking

  1. It’s a great way to connect with nature. Our launch location on Lido Key is nature at its finest. You can encounter so many different types of wildlife, while exploring a beautiful ecosystem.
  2. Kayaking is a wonderful way to explore new places. There’s no other way to explore the exotic mangrove tunnels of Lido Key than by kayak. They’re quite the sight to see. It’s a great escape from the sun, and they’re a place many different sea creatures call home.
  3. Kayaking is the perfect way to connect with friends, family, and to meet new friends! What better place to bond than on the water! The most beautiful memories can be made on the water.
  4. Kayaking is also a wonderful way to exercise. Not only is it a cardio vascular exercise, but you’re also working just about every muscle in the body!
  5. Connecting with nature is the perfect way to release stress. Between the beautiful gulf views, the calm bay waters, the sounds of the native birds, and the paddles dipping in the water, the whole experience is serene. It’s a great escape!
  6. Kayaking can be done by just about everyone. Whether you bring young children along for the ride in a tandem kayak, or older ones out on their own, people of all ages can enjoy a kayak trip. The nice thing about kayaking is that it is easy to learn. Our expert guides teach even beginners how to kayak, and you’re outfitted with safe kayaks, as well as life jackets.
  7. Getting to a kayak is easy. If you don’t own one, you can rent one, or go on a tour. We can even drop one off to you!
  8. Bottom line, kayaking is just plain old fun! Just about everyone can do it, and it can be done alone or with a group. It’s the perfect outdoor activity!

Adventure Kayak Outfitters offers tours, rentals and group tours. Book your adventure online today and save $5.00.

Adventure Kayak Outfitters is the most experienced outfitter for kayak tours and kayak rentals in Sarasota, Bradenton, Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island and Venice.

Check out what some of our clients have to say about their experiences with us.

Best Kayak Tour

Adventure Kayak Outfitters Tours & Rentals Google Reviews 4.9 out of 5 stars with 102 reviews.

After doing much research on kayaking places while vacationing in Longboat Key, we decided on the Adventure Kayak Outfitters tour. This tour offered everything we wanted to do. We have a large family, a 17-year-old girl, 14-year-old boy, 11-year-old twin boys, and a 10-year-old boy. And this was by far the cheapest place by almost $100.00!!! We had three tandem kayaks and one single. We had Dan as our tour guide and he was very knowledgeable, laid-back, patient and fun! We unfortunately did not see any dolphin but we did see some Manatee along with lots of birds. We took the 2 pm tour, so I’m sure that had something to do with not seeing dolphins. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone who wants to do some kayaking in the mangroves of Florida and see some wildlife and saving tons of money!!!– Kelly A

Five of us had a wonderful tour with Dan! We came from all over the country, including Florida, and our group included expert and less experienced boaters. We had a great time and learned a lot. The highlight had to be seeing a manatee with her two babies!– Roseanne C.

Amazing! I’ve been kayaking a few times before but this was hands down one of the best experiences. We kayaked through mangrove tunnels, watched cormorants dive around us, and saw a momma and baby manatee in the bay! Our guide was very knowledgable about the area we were kayaking in and the wildlife. – Ali M.

These and many other Google Reviews just like it for Adventure Kayak Outfitters Tours  & Rentals can be found here.

Adventure Kayak Outfitters Yelp Reviews 5 out of 5 stars with 8 reviews.

Dan was a great tour guide. Very efficient process, immediately saw pods of manatees, comorants and Covina. Mangrove tunnels are unique experience. Went through 3 tunnels. Dan was very knowledgeable and concerned for the environment. – Susan S.

Incredible tour! Our guide, Dan, was very knowledgeable and spent the extra time to stop and look for manatees and dolphins. We went in May which was the perfect weather and a perfect tour group size. – Meg S.

These and many other Yelp Reviews just like it for Adventure Kayak Outfitters can be found here

Adventure Kayak Outfitters loves what we do and it shows in our fantastic tours by our expert guides. Give us a call at (941) 779-7426 or book a tour online today!

Located just minutes away from Siesta Key and St. Armand’s Circle is beautiful secluded Lido Key. There you’ll find beautiful gulf views, native wildlife (including bottle nosed dolphins and manatees, and an exotic mangrove forest). It’s close enough to all the action yet far enough away to feel like you’re in your own little slice of paradise.

Exotic Mangrove Tunnels

These mangrove tunnels are a popular spot for an exotic adventure in Sarasota bay. Mangroves are so important to Florida’s ecosystem, not only do they serve as nurseries for many types of fish and oysters, crabs and shrimp, but they are also rookeries for many different species of birds. Their root system also helps to prevent erosion and protect Florida’s shoreline. They’re a very important tree.

Lido Key is a great place to spot dolphins and manatees before entering the tunnels. When in the tunnels it’s fun to observe the different ocean life such as starfish, jelly fish, different sponges, as well as plenty of horse shoe crabs and shells. There are usually plenty of crabs climbing along the mangroves too.

Kayaking the mangrove tunnels is always a magical adventure. It’s usually nice and quiet, but for the sounds of nature, and the sounds of paddles in the water. The mangroves provide shade, so it’s also a cool relief from the summer sun. The light is filtered and provides magical views of the wildlife both above and below the water.

Fun fact: Many of these “mangrove tunnels” were once man made ditches which were dug years ago as a way to control mosquitos. This didn’t work, and eventually they turned into mangrove arbors. Other mangrove tunnels grew naturally due to the tides ebbing and flowing. When maintained well, they provide a unique way for eco outfitters such as Adventure Kayak Outfitters to provide not only an enjoyable time on the water, but an adventure through a beautiful ecosystem as well! Book your tour today!

Kayaking involves a bit more than hopping on the kayak and paddling away into the ocean view. When you go on a tour with Adventure Kayak Outfitters, your tour guide will give you instructions, so even the most inexperienced kayaker will be able to paddle with ease. But it’s always a good idea to have a few safety tips, especially if you’re renting a kayak and aren’t on a tour.

Kayaking Safety Tips

Keep an Eye to the Sky

It’s important to keep an eye on the weather. It’s never a good idea to go out on the water in a kayak when there’s a small craft advisory, or if there’s bad weather coming in.

Dress for the Weather

Typically here in Sarasota, Florida, the weather is warm. You’ll want to dress for summer weather, meaning shorts and tee shirts. It can even be a good idea to wear a SPF sun shirt to protect from sun burns.

Protect Yourself from the Sun

The mangroves do provide sun protection, but it is very important to wear a hat, sunglasses and sunblock. These items will not only help protect from sunburns, but polarized sunglasses will help you to see sea creatures in the water a bit more easily.

Never Paddle Alone

Just like swimming, always use the buddy system when kayaking. Don’t go out on the water alone.

Bring Water Safety Equipment

Not only is it important to bring a PFD (Personal Floatation Device), but bring a whistle or horn, as well as something that can reflect the sun, such as mirror.

Sarasota Florida is one of the best area’s to go kayaking. The shallow protected waters of Lido Key, coupled with the exotic mangrove tunnels provide many homes to the areas ecosystem. The chances of encountering manatees or bottlenose dolphins in these shallow waters are pretty good! Our kayak launch location on Lido Key in Sarasota is just minutes from Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice. Book your tour today!